12.10.2022 10:00 Uhr


14.10.2022 18:00 Uhr


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Unter den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin


Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung


The spalling behaviour of fire exposed concrete has a huge effect on the fire resistance of concrete components. During the designing process of modern concrete structures, the fire performance must be considered. Thereby, the comprehension of the spalling phenomenon and the underlying mechanisms helps to predict the spalling behaviour of concrete components.

Experimental research from material characterisation on the micro scale up to full-sized fire tests as well as the simulation and modelling of fire-induced damage processes offer the opportunity to investigate the spalling behaviour of concrete. Thereby, a variety of influencing parameters must be taken into account. Against this background, the effect of avoidance strategies can be evaluated.

Since 2009 the International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure (IWCS) offers a platform to get in touch with other researchers, share latest research achievements and new gained data of real fire scenarios and discuss the current developments in the field of concrete spalling. After the successful workshops in Leipzig (Germany), Paris (France), Borås (Sweden) and Sheffield (UK), the next IWCS will take place in Berlin at BAM. Due to the pandemic situation the IWCS 2021 was postponed. We are now happy to announce the 7th IWCS for 2022 at BAM in Berlin.

Further information will follow soon!

Workshop topics

  • Underlying chemical, physical and mechanical processes and mechanisms on spalling of thermal exposed concrete
  • Thermal behaviour and properties of concrete ingredients at high temperatures
  • Deterioration and Decomposition of hydrated cement paste phases
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour and thermal properties of concrete
  • Influence of preconditioning and heating parameters on high-temperature concrete properties and spalling behaviour
  • Development and measurement of mechanical and hydraulic stresses in thermal exposed concrete
  • Transport mechanisms and parameters in heated concrete
  • Modelling of heat and moisture transport and (micro)crack development
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Testing requirements, innovative measurement methods and interpretation of test results
  • Development of material models and structural design models taking into account spalling
  • Condition and damage assessment of fire exposed concrete structures
  • Influence of spalling on fire resistance and residual capacity
  • Repair of fire damaged concrete structures
  • Case studies
  • Avoidance strategies for explosive spalling of concrete
  • Pre-normative research and standardization

Key dates

  • 15 February 2022: Abstract submission
  • 31 March 2022: Notification of abstract acceptance
  • 1 June 2022: Full paper submission
  • 31 July 2022: Notification of full paper review
  • 15 August 2022: Final paper submission
  • 15 August 2022: End of early bird registration